Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham at the opening of the new $39 million Brunswick Area Sewerage Augmentation Scheme in Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby, on Monday.
Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham at the opening of the new $39 million Brunswick Area Sewerage Augmentation Scheme in Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby, on Monday.

Sewerage scheme breaks all the rules

A NEW way of doing things.

That’s how Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham has described the new $39 million Brunswick Area Sewerage Augmentation Scheme in Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby.

Speaking at the opening on Monday, Cr Barham said the sewerage works was a major milestone for the Byron Shire Council in the way it reused and recycled water.

She said that a decade ago, no one wanted to use recycled water from a sewerage treatment plant.

“But all that has changed,” she said.

“Council has broken all the rules with the environmental design of the new works and has defined a new way of doing things.

“It’s the best way.

“We stood up for what we wanted and we’ve excelled in how to do sewerage management.

“The council has achieved a major milestone in the reuse of the water and along the way we have picked up three nationally-acclaimed awards.

“I am so excited about sewerage and the reuse of it.

“It’s the essence of how we live as a community.”

Cr Barham said the council had gone down a path no else wanted to go down and the sewerage works deserved its recognition.

She said the opening was truly a celebration of how the council had kept its principles and had worked in harmony with the environment and also represented 10 years of dedicated efforts from the community and committee members in driving and developing a sustainable vision for the management of the Brunswick River.

Councils’ director of water and recycling management services, Phil Warner, said the opening had meant that in April, council had been able to lift its development moratorium on the Brunswick Valley.

He said the Brunswick sewerage scheme was part of an upgrade of three sewerage augmentation schemes in the shire which also included Byron Bay and Bangalow.

“The three works cost $90 million and have seen more than 6000 trees planted and more than 200 bird species attracted to the sites,” Mr Warner said.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the project, especially the consultants GHD and Gordon and Coral Vallance, the owners of the property.”

Amanda Fazio, MLC ALP, said the new sewerage works were a trademark of the Byron Shire.

“The council does everything in an holistic way and has won multiple awards already for the facility,” Ms Fazio said.


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